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TEDCO Announces 2015 ICE Award Winners

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The Columbia-based Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO) hosted the organization’s fifth annual ICE Awards in May. Held at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center, the awards program recognizes outstanding businesses and individuals from TEDCO’s portfolio of more than 300 seed and early-stage companies.

Biz Roundup

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Eight MCE Businesses Named Finalists for Incubator Company of the Year

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) has announced that eight Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) resident, affiliate and graduate companies are among the 22 finalists for the 15th Annual Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards (ICOY).

CA Board Names New Chairs, Committee Members for Fiscal 2016

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Columbia Association’s (CA) board of directors voted on May 14 to name its chair and vice chair for fiscal 2016, which began May 1 and continues until April 30, 2016. Jeanne Ketley of Town Center will be chairwoman through Nov. 14, 2015, with Andrew Stack of Owen Brown serving as the vice chairman. Stack will then be chairman and Ketley the vice chairwoman from Nov. 15, 2015, until their successors are chosen at a May 2016 CA board meeting.

42 Attend Meeting to Discuss Opioid Misuse in Howard County

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On May 20, 42 individuals, including Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, attended the combined Howard County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Advisory Board (ADAAB) and the county’s Opioid Coalition meeting to hear national and state opioid misuse data. It was presented by Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, former secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and now associate dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Q&A With MBRG President Scott Dorsey

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The chairman and CEO of Merritt Properties, Scott Dorsey, is a rarity in today’s business world: an executive who’s spent his entire career with one company since coming on board, in his case, in 1972.

HHC Announces Retail Line-Up at The Metropolitan

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The Howard Hughes Corp. (HHC) announced the signing of several retail and restaurant leases for the public promenade at The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia, a new luxury apartment community located on Town Center Avenue.

Closing the STEM Skill Gap

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There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth during the past several years about American student’s “skill gap” in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). From a 2010 speech by President Obama to a 2014 study of hard-to-fill job vacancies by the Brookings Institution, the shortage of Americans qualified to fill key positions in STEM industries has been the subject of commentary, social science research and educational reform.

So Far, So Good for Hogan – Maybe

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What kind of governor is Larry Hogan turning out to be?

Not very much different from what he promised, though with a few surprises thrown in here and there. He is a moderate Republican, with a simple focus on reducing spending and taxes, and no desire to stir up social issues.

Council Approves 2016 Howard Operating Budget

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After a two-day delay to allow more time to fine-tune last-minute amendments, the Howard County Council reconvened on May 22 and unanimously approved the county’s capital and operating budgets for fiscal 2016.

Pay It Forward With Respect, Reap Customer Dividends

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Trust is the essential element for business success. When customers trust you, they will keep doing business with you, they will post positive reviews on www.bbb.org and elsewhere, and they will send other customers your way.

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